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Dr Kennedy Nkhoma

Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Research Fellow

Phone: 0207 836 5454
Address: King’s College London
Cicely Saunders Institute
Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Bessemer Road
Denmark Hill, SE5 9PJ


In 2004, Dr Kennedy Nkhoma qualified as a nurse in Malawi and worked as a general nurse at a local hospital. Between 2008 and 2009, he was awarded a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme which enabled him to study MSc in Palliative and End of Life Care at the University of Nottingham. After returning to Malawi, he worked as a clinical nurse and nurse educator at a local nursing school. He returned to the UK in 2011 for PhD studies, which he successfully completed in 2015 at the University of Nottingham.

Kennedy's PhD was a clinical trial of an educational intervention consisting of an information leaflet, face-to-face discussion and phone call reminder among HIV/AIDS patients and their family carers in Malawi. He joined Kings College London in September 2016 on a Florence Nightingale Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship. 

Research Interests

Palliative and end of life care, HIV/AIDS, informal caregivers. Pain and symptom self-management, systematic reviews, quantitative research, designing, testing and evaluating nursing interventions.

  • Lawrence S. Bloomberg, $1500, 2014.
  • Travel Scholarship to present research at the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Hospice23 bursary, £600, 2011. Workshop on ‘Building bridges-creating links in palliative care’, Leicester city, UK.
  • The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund-International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care $3400; 2011. Travel scholarship for a short course on Design and analysis of clinical trials at Imperial College London, UK.
  • The University of Nottingham PhD Bursary, £33,000 (2011-2014).
Selected Publications
  • Nkhoma K, Seymour J, Arthur A. 2015. An educational intervention to reduce pain and improve pain management for Malawian people living with HIV/AIDS and their family carers: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of pain and symptom management, 50(1): 80-90.
  • Nkhoma, K., Seymour, J. & Arthur, A. 2013. An educational intervention to reduce pain and improve pain management for Malawian people living with HIV/AIDS and their family carers: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14, 216. 
International Conferences
  • African Palliative Care Association (APCA) Palliative Care Conference, Kampala, Uganda, 2016.
  • Bloomberg Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
  • XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2010.
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